Donated keg at Rhine House adds to fundraising for St. Baldrick’s event

Proceeds from a keg at the Rhine House of Ithaca Green Trail donated to the cause will go towards fundraising for next Tuesday’s St. Baldrick’s event raising money for childhood cancer.

Volunteers shave the heads of participants at a past St. Baldrick’s event in Ithaca. 14850 file photo.

Holland Taylor, a bartender at Ithaca’s Texas Roadhouse, where Tuesday’s St. Baldrick’s event is happening, says she’s shaving her own head on Tuesday to raise awareness and funds, and the Rhine House offered to help out with a “Kick the Keg” event.

Taylor says the Rhine House is matching proceeds from sales of the beer this Thursday from 3pm until closing.

Friends and family of children who lose their hair to cancer treatments sometimes shave their heads in solidarity. That’s the spirit that brings participants to the annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events.

The tradition dates back to St. Patrick’s Day, 2000, when a goal of shaving the heads of 17 participants at Jim Brady’s pub in New York City to raise $17,000 ended up topping $100,000. Now, nearly 10,000 events and nearly 500,000 participants later, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has been able to provide over $150,000,000 in research grants to fund pediatric cancer research. The name of the foundation is a play on words that came from the hair-shaving event’s origin on St. Patrick’s Day.

The tenth annual St. Baldrick’s Day event at Kilpatrick’s last weekend raised over $12,000, says organizer Christine Brouwer Hinman.

Next Tuesday’s 4pm event at the Texas Roadhouse in Ithaca’s southwest is the first time the new restaurant is adding its own effort. Jamie Taylor from Ithaca’s Supercuts is donating her cutting services for the afternoon. So far, ten participants have raised over $3,500.

The Ithaca tradition is spearheaded by Mira’s Movement, an organization founded in honor and in memory of Mira Brouwer, who lost her fight against cancer at the age of four, just weeks after watching loved ones have their heads shaved at the first St. Baldrick’s event in Ithaca. Christine, Mira’s mother, has continued to drive the local effort, offering support to families facing childhood cancer in Central New York.

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